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Countywide Transit Network Study: Public Meeting July 10, 2013


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Countywide Transit Network Study: Public Meeting July 10, 2013

Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept

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Countywide Transit Network Study: Public Meeting July 10, 2013

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation 1 July 2013 Status Report Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia 2 This slide show summarizes materials presented at the July 10, 2013 public workshop held at the Fairfax County Government Center. It also incorporates subsequent changes made in response to stakeholder comment to clarify the relationship between the Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept and corridors under current study. Presentation context Department of Transportation
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia 3 Establish most effective way to serve the County’s needs to accommodate planned growth over the long term by improving public transit usage. Update Enhanced Public Transportation Corridors (EPTC) with High Quality Transit Network (HQTN) and further define modes, right-of- way, and station locations. Study purpose Department of Transportation
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Study process We are at the third of our four stages of public involvement and review: • Goals/objectives (July 2012) • Functions (November 2012) • Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept (July 2013) • Final concept (November 2013) Our next steps are to: • Continue stakeholder engagement • Consider refinements • Develop additional details on mode, right-of-way, and station locations • Finalize recommendations 4 Department of Transportation
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia 5 Land Use Concept The proposed 2050 High Quality Transit Network supports the County’s future development concept by focusing service on activity centers Department of Transportation
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia 6 High Quality Transit Department of Transportation Defining elements of a High Quality Transit Network include providing improved travel speeds and reliable travel times, typically on exclusive right-of-way. Commuter rail, Metrorail, LRT, and BRT are all examples of High Quality Transit modes.
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia The type of premium transit service appropriate for each corridor will reflect the traveler needs and land use context in that corridor. 7 Destination corridors, like the Crystal City Potomac Yards transitway, connect neighborhoods to multiple activity centers, functioning primarily to provide access. Commuter corridors, like Virginia Railway Express, primarily serve one major activity center and tend to focus on journey-to-work trips and function primarily to provide mobility. District circulators, like the planned Tysons Corner Circulator, enhance mobility within an activity center or group of adjacent centers. Transit Corridor Function Department of Transportation Source: Center for Transit Oriented Development
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia The November 2012 public meeting presented different functional concepts for a High Quality Transit Network. The access focus attracted more total transit riders whereas the mobility focus provided better access to regional jobs. Both had a similar benefit in reducing vehicle travel. MobilityAccess Functional Concepts 8 Department of Transportation
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Constituents value multiple objectives: • Increase access to destinations • Include both high demand commuter and TOD destination corridors • Increase transit ridership • Take cars off the road • Encourage TOD • Support Countywide vision for managed growth • Be affordable • Be understandable/usable • Be connected Four concepts were reviewed in November. The Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept utilizes the best ideas from each for a context-sensitive fit to individual corridor needs. Alternative Concepts 9 Department of Transportation
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Proposed Concept The Proposed High Quality Transit Network Concept builds upon the existing and Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) transit investments to create an interconnected network of commuter and destination corridors, supported by connecting express bus routes. 10 Department of Transportation
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Existing High Quality Transit Network elements serving Fairfax County include Metrorail and VRE with supportive express bus services on HOV/HOT lanes. Proposed Concept Elements 11 Department of Transportation
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Constrained Long Range Plan transit connections provide starting point for Proposed HQTN Concept: • Silver Line (Metrorail) • Columbia Pike (Streetcar) • Beauregard/Van Dorn Transitway (TBD) Proposed Concept Elements 12 Department of Transportation
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia These concepts are being coordinated with current studies: • Route 7 High Occupancy Toll lane study • I-66 Environmental Impact Statement • Route 7 Alternatives Analysis • Route 1 Alternatives Analysis Proposed Concept Elements 13 Department of Transportation The Tested Transit Network includes modes in ongoing study corridors; additional coordination and outreach will be needed to develop study recommendations.
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Commuter Corridors provide capacity to connect Fairfax County with other jurisdictions for longer-distance trips as region expands over time: • High Capacity Transit in Orange Line Corridor • Metrorail Blue Line Extension Proposed Concept Elements 14 Department of Transportation
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Destination Corridors provide service to support access to and within transit-oriented development along linear corridors: • Route 7 High Capacity Transit east of Tysons • Richmond Highway High Capacity Transit • Route 28 LRT/BRT • Merrifield/McLean LRT/BRT Proposed Concept Elements 15 Department of Transportation
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia North-South Express Bus Services connect activity centers and transit services in radial corridors and provide flexibility for through-routing: • Beltway Express (Enhanced) • Fairfax County Parkway • Route 28 • Bus lanes may also include HOV/HOT Proposed Concept Elements 16 Department of Transportation
  17. 17. County of Fairfax, Virginia East-West Express Bus Services support HQTN services, augment grid of direct and flexible transit connections: • Route 50 – Orange Line bus bridge function • Route 236 – continuation of Alexandria transitway • Express bus route mileage at least 50% managed lanes Proposed Concept Elements 17 Department of Transportation
  18. 18. County of Fairfax, Virginia Adds: 104 miles and 53 stations to CLRP (of which, 61 miles and 35 stations are in Fairfax County). The full 104-mile system has: • 31 miles & 9 Stations Metrorail • 73 miles & 44 Stations LRT/BRT Supported by: • 114 miles & 21 stations Express Bus Tested Network Elements 18 Department of Transportation
  19. 19. County of Fairfax, Virginia Measures of effectiveness 19 Department of Transportation
  20. 20. County of Fairfax, Virginia Measures of effectiveness 20 2050 weekday peak period ridership compares favorably to other regional transit routes Department of Transportation
  21. 21. County of Fairfax, Virginia Measures of effectiveness • Capital cost per passenger is a measure of cost effectiveness. • Higher cost projects can bear higher capital costs per passenger due to operating efficiencies • New Starts approvals indicate current federal/local funding climate • Tested Transit Network projects compare favorably 21 Department of Transportation
  22. 22. County of Fairfax, Virginia Transit-oriented community designs promote safe and effective pedestrian and bicyclist access to stations. Feeder bus, park and ride (beyond existing or TDP/CLRP spaces), and circulator systems provide broader access to commuter services and increased coverage within larger activity centers. Supporting policies 22 Department of Transportation The Tested Transit Network includes modes in ongoing study corridors; additional coordination and outreach will be needed to develop study recommendations.
  23. 23. County of Fairfax, Virginia • Response to comments and further stakeholder coordination • Mode, ROW, station, and typical section requirements • Implementation phasing, timing, and funding strategies • Comprehensive Plan Amendment(s) Next steps 23 Department of Transportation
  24. 24. County of Fairfax, Virginia Public outreach 24 Department of Transportation
  25. 25. County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions? Thomas Burke (Fairfax County DOT) 703-877-5600 Dan Hardy (Renaissance Planning Group) 703-776-9922 x502 25 Department of Transportation